Monday, September 15, 2014

Commissioned Piece - The Pond

A little while ago an old friend of mine commissioned a piece to go in the entryway of her home. The only prompt she gave me was bubbles, I can't remember why. I decided to do a little fish papercut for her with bubbles. The fish represent the family, two parents and four kids. Now all I have to do is mount it and mail it!


Here's a detail shot of how it looked like when I was just sketching it.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Commissioned Piece - L'chaim!

Sometimes I get to do papercuts for friends who've had my heart for a long time and you can tell a little more love goes into them. Mazel tov to Eve and Jared, may the bluebird of happiness sit in your heads forever.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Baby Statistics Papercut - Now on Sale!

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but the Beans are expecting! We are having a baby girl sometime at the end of October. To herald this announcement, I have started selling custom-made baby statistic papercuts here on my Etsy site! These would be perfect for the new little baby person in your life. If you could share this on your Pinterest board or your Facebook page or your blog, we, the Beans, including Baby Bean, would appreciate that very much!







Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Template Tuesday - Father's Day Fishing

Father's Day is coming up and with that we will hear a lot of sporting good and barbecue commercials. If you are at a loss for a gift to give that special Dad in your life, I can't help you. But if you need a helpful suggestion for a fun card to make, well today is your lucky day! Here's a simple little papercut card to give to the father figure you adore.



This is what the card looks in it's flat form.


Here's what the template looks like. The images are kind of small, you can change the size if you know how to do that sort of thing. I made them so you could cut them out and fit them on a 5.25" x 5.25" card (easily made with an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock). I also made a girl version for those who might want the card to be a bit more gender accurate.


Download the template here: Father's Day Fishing

©2014 Cindy Bean (www.bean-cutter.com
These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion, etc. Please don't sell these free templates for your own personal gain. I put them out there as a service, don't make me get frustrated and stop doing them. Don't ruin it for everyone else! Also, if you're going to sell art, maybe you should make it your own. You can do it, I promise! It's not good karma to pass off someone else's art as your own. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Peace of Wild Things

I just recently finished a papercut commission for Lauri Wooley (I wish you could tag people on the fan page, maybe you can and I just don't know how to do it). She was lovely to work with and very patient when I get forgetful. I made extra copies, one for her mom and her sister in honor of a very special woman in their lives. I am not too familiar with Wendell Berry poetry, but whenever I hear or read one of his poems, they make me think he was a pretty good guy. 




P.S. I'm losing my day job so am way freed up for commissions and am hoping this could by my J.K. Rowling push in life that I need.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Template Tuesday - He Is Risen

Two weekends ago, I spent almost the whole weekend on the couch listening to Conference. I enjoy it because I get to sit for basically 8 uninterrupted hours and draw. Sometimes I sleep though. For 4 of those hours I got in a few good drawings and now you all get to benefit from that. I was thinking of doing some Easter template Tuesdays and I did the one from last week that is more secular in nature. I was thinking of more bunnies and whatnot for the next piece and then realized that Easter is not really about bunnies and egg hunts, it's about the glorious fact that the Savior rose from the tomb and in doing so, saved us all from that same death. Easter is such a beautiful holiday, one of hope and reflection and new beginnings. I hope you all get to take the time to give thanks on this next Sunday for all the Lord has done for us and remember that He lives and because of that, so can we.


This is more of a time consuming template than anything else. Be careful around the little stems around the flowers and be patient around the stems in general. Other than that, cut out the inside parts first and then the outside and you'll be fine!
Download your free template here: He Is Risen. I was thinking I'd sell these for $35 each if anyone is interested, I'll put some up on my etsy.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Template Tuesday - Easter Banner


I was looking around my house the other day and realized I was severely lacking in Easter decorations. Not a bunny rabbit in site. Because I'm thrifty, I decided to make a few myself (check back next week for another one). Here is my very first Easter Banner.


It has all the cute Easter things you can imagine, kids hunting for Easter eggs, bunnies, ducks, chicks and frolicking lambs. Below is what the template looks like. It's separated out onto two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. I used a kind of thinner scrapbooking paper (so it was easier to cut through, yet still rigid enough for the lambs to frolic in the air).

Here are my helpful hints for cutting this out.
1. Notice that there are notches underneath the letters. Those are so the letters don't bend in the middle when you fold the banner.
2. Tape or glue the tabs on the side BEHIND the next scene so that it will look like a continuous banner.
3. When I translated this papercut into vector format, some of the eggs got a little wonky. Don't' be afraid to make the eggs actual ovals instead of cylindrical like they look here. They aren't supposed to be that way!

I think that's it. Enjoy cutting! You can cut this out with an Xacto knife or use your Silhouette or other digital cutting machine. I have no idea how to go about getting it from your machine to that cutter, all I know is that other people have done it!

Download the template here: Easter Banner

©2014 Cindy Bean (www.bean-cutter.com
These templates are for personal use only. You can make them for your mom, you can make them for your aunt, you can make them for your family reunion, etc. Please don't sell these free templates for your own personal gain. I put them out there as a service, don't make me get frustrated and stop doing them. Don't ruin it for everyone else! Also, if you're going to sell art, maybe you should make it your own. You can do it, I promise! It's not good karma to pass off someone else's art as your own.